joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a trade from RustyDiamond, thanks Rusty. Imperial Kashmir enters the glass a hazy apricot with a few streams of large carbonation rising to the surface. A good looking finger and a half head of pure whiteness that eventually falls to a skimming and leaves some streaks of lacing on its way down.
The aroma on this beer is utterly unique. Things are a little faint at first but if you stick with it crazy notes of ground spruce needles and mandarin oranges jump out at you. There’s something else in there, and although I can’t put my finger on it, it fits flawlessly. A touch of alcohol spiciness finishes things off.
This beer is delicious! The flavor shows more pine needles than the aroma would suggest. Big and pungent (in a good way). The crazy citrus involved wafts through the pine until the finish. There’s some rich caramel maltiness that shows up and fortifies the hoppiness on the backend. The swallow leaves a nice tounge tingling bitterness.
You couldn’t ask for a much better mouthfeel on a IIPA. Velvety and smooth. I run into far too many that are sweet and sticky. This walks the line perfectly.
For such a high abv this beer drink far too easily. I’m crazy about the unique hoppiness (tangarine and mandarin oranges) and the pine bitterness.
Truth be told I thought this would be a good IIPA but it turns out it’s an outstanding IIPA. I’m going to have to try and get my hands on a few more of these. The unique flavors work wonders in the mouth.
1/19/08 ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours a deep luscious sunset orange with dense but small slightly off-white head. Nose is a melange of great hop characters: citrusy, piney, resiny, funky. Graham cracker malt scent resides beneath. Full and initially sweet on the palate, before a melon-like tropical hop flavor comes forward, shifting into a spruce sweet bitterness and then finally lingering tangerine in the finish. Bready caramel malts add a touch of balance without getting in the way of the hops. Considering the amount of hops used, the beer isn’t overwhelmingly bitter like some Double IPAs, focusing more on aroma. A definite treat, in my opinion. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bomber from Brawley’s in Charlotte. I loved this beer. Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops as the beer warms. Flavor was well balanced for an IIPA. Sweet malt dominates at first, which gives way to floral and piney hops. Medium/full bodied with excellent carbonation. Great beer. Wish I had purchased more than two. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.
Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit.
Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting.
Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isn’t seen all too often. One I’m glad I picked up.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2013
22 oz for 9 bucks. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Smells like fruits with some hops and a slight spicy undertone. Tastes nothing like the standard Kashmir. Much more balanced. Piney flavor and malts take over with little lasting bitterness. Slightly thicker and creamier than your average IPA. Highland should mass-produce this beer instead of the other IPAs they offer. A very drinkable Imperial IPA.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Pours out a nice coppery color with a large beige head. Aroma is very hoppy, grapefruity, grassy, and suprisingly, malt. Flavor was nice. Had a nice smack of hops and resin, but faded away to a nice balance of hop and malt finish. Nice brew drank at brew grass, but I managed to pick up several bottles at the brewery! Nice job guys! Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for! DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Thanks to Ross for this one. Pours turbid deep coppery with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, tropical fruit, hops, peppery and mango notes. Tastes piney hoppy, with pineapple, tangerine, black and Bell pepper, and bready malt plus some floral finishing notes. Gets a tad hot as it warms, and stays extremely hoppy throughout. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
The aroma was piney and resinous like fresh hop cones. Caramel lurked somewhere behind, but it would have been difficult to prove if testifying in court. The aroma was grassy, citrus, piney and spicy. Every hop aromatic under the sun. The beer poured with a slight haze into the glass and had a low off-white head which lingered at the surface of the amber beer long enough to last the glass. The flavor was nicely bittered and balanced with strong caramel and malty characteristics to offset a stong and powerful hop bittering and flavor. The hop flavor was not nearly as agressive as the aroma promised. The flavor was piney, citrusy, grassy and a bit spicy. The flavor had quite a bit of fresh hop character. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of caramel and bittering hand in hand into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full and despite a somewhat low level of carbonation the beer was nice and creamy on the palate. An interesting and complex Imperial IPA. Cheers to the boyz at Highland. 22 ounce bottle. $9.99 at Sam’s in Durham. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Bomber pours a murky copper amber body with a lasting almond head that sheds some sheet lacing on the glass. Robust aroma is awash in hops. Spicy, leafy, herbal, pine and citrus notes dominate the hints of caramel maltiness. Full medium body is well carbonated. A ton of hops in this one. Earthy and leafy bitterness is complimented by notes of tobacco, leather, citrus, and pine. Black pepper and warming alcohol add complexity. Solid malt backbone infuses some caramel and keeps the hops from totally bullying the playground. Very well done. One of Highland’s best efforts.